Here we are, now 2 periods of play in the books at the TD Garden. The game has changed in Boston as the Bruins now lead the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0. Here are some of my knee jerk reactions to the second period of play.
It looks like the Bruins have turned the tables on the Blackhawks during the second period.
Again this period, the Blackhawks have been outshot by the Boston Bruins, this time 15-8. I am starting to feel like the Hawks being down one Marian Hossa is negatively affecting the Hawks more than they would like to admit.
Through two periods of play, the Hawks continue to be dominated in the faceoff circle. Through forty minutes of play, the faceoffs won are 29-13 in favor of the Bruins. Like I said in the first period, the Hawks are really going to have to step up if they want to regain some semblance of control in this game.
Last period, it was the Bruins renting space in the sin bin. This period, it has been occupied by the Hawks. The first of the three Blackhawk penalties came at the hands of Dave Bolland when he was popped for 2 minutes for Cross Checking Chris Kelly. Just under 2 minutes later, it would be Niklas Hjalmarsson (pronounced Y’all-mar-sson, not Jall-mar-sson as the announcers would have you believe) who would be sent to the penalty box for 2 minutes for tripping Bruins left wing Daniel Paille.
It would be that penalty that would allow Bruins center Patrice Bergeron to score the Bruins’ second goal of the night, this one on the power play.
The Bruins first goal of the night came at just over 2 minutes into the period with a snap shot from Paille.
It seems to me that the last minute changes to the Blackhawks line up has thrown them for a loop tonight. I would normally venture to say that they have lost control of the game, but that would indicate that they had control in the first place.
If the Blackhawks hope to extend their series lead by 1, they are going to have to stage a Tampa Bay Lightning style third period comeback and get this game back under control.
So, here we are…two periods down, 20 minutes (or more, based on the first two games of the series) of hockey left to play. The score is now 2-0 Bruins.
The Bruins will have 1 minute of PP time carried over from the second period when we come back.
Do you think the Hawks are going to be able to pull a Lightning-style comeback in the third period, or do the Bruins have this one on lock? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think.